by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 11, 2008
Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. (Romans 7:13)
Dear fellow Christian, what do you recognize as sin in your life? Spurgeon related that “Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least.” In fact, have you begun to make excuses for your sin? Does it startle you any that you sin?
Recently I have been truly convicted of the fact that my life in Christ could be so much better if I only took care of my walk with Him by not allowing anything to sway me into sin. Paul says that “We,” as believers, “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) That is our goal: To be like Jesus in every area of life! To walk with Him so closely that when He speaks we hear His voice, and when He tells us to “go” we move at His will, and when He relates we should not partake of something because it would ruin our walk with Him, we do not.
Our understanding of sin must come from the realization, like Paul discovered, that “When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” (Romans 7:21) Oh what a truth this is in our lives lived here in this earthly realm in this body of dust! And like Paul we want to cry out, “Who will rescue me from this body of death?” Who will come to my aide and keep me from sin? Who will take my thoughts, my actions, my life and make it into something pleasing and wonderful for the Living Lord? And there in the midst of our anguish, Paul helps us to discover and remember the truth for our lives: “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!… . Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 7:25; 8:1-2)
What relief! What joy! The way to slay sin is there for us in Jesus Christ! This is how we as weak earthly beings can defeat sin in our lives and how we “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,” and how “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” We can through the One who brought us freedom from sin, the One who heals our wounds, the one who died for our sins — Jesus!
Today dear child of God walk in Him and realize that sin cannot affect or effect your life as you are walking in Him. Praise the Lord and our Savior, Jesus Christ! Walk in Him today and every day.
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